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Government of Canada Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Pigeon holed and not able to be innovative due to managerial red tape (in 19 reviews)

  • Decision-making is not as fast paced as in the private sector (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "salary review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    the benefits are good somewhat

    Cons

    YOu are only a number. No chance for advancement


  2. "Assistant Deputy Minister"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    active government requiring creative and energetic staff

    Cons

    pay way below market value; enormous work load

    Advice to Management

    Carry on

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work - depends entirely on where you are though"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - awesome colleagues
    - supportive management
    - flexible hours, excellent benefits
    - movement with government is easy

    Cons

    - lots of red tape
    - quality of experience depends greatly on where you are in the government. Different departments have very different cultures


  4. "Excellent long-term career employer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor In Real Property Services in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor In Real Property Services in Halifax, NS (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Terrific salary. Excellent benefits from various forms of leave to health and dental coverage and a good pension plan upon retirement. Huge organization with lots of ways to move around and seek career advancement.

    Cons

    Potentially sitting in a cubicle for 30 years will wear you down. Many processes and systems are extremely cumbersome and or dysfunctional and can make work drag on at a slow pace. Many levels of review and approval. Can be soul sucking if you allow it to be.

    Advice to Management

    Accept some risk. Let staff make some decisions and support them. Push back against the EX level inquiries and approvals. Try to fly under the radar. Encourage staff to use and enjoy all the tech they can get their hands on.


  5. "Policy Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed work load. Lots of time to work on other things (not in work plan). Excellent benefits and pension.

    Cons

    Don't work to hard, you'll anger those around you! Though it depends greatly on the department and office, generally speaking, the pace of the work is quite slow and not well suited for go-getters or risk takers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "assessment officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Your job is stable, great pension, great medical /dental insurance but you have to promote yourself by entering into competition for higher posts.

    Cons

    You have to do exams and interviews to get promoted and no guarantees. You may have to train yourself to further your carrier because there is no guarantee for promotion for you, Sorry.

    Advice to Management

    Create promotional opportunities. Create new positions and assistant /or associate position in middle level management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A fine experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    The good thing about working with the federal government is that once you're in, you can stay there forever - if you can tolerate it. People are rarely fired for incompetency.

    Cons

    The federal government does not promote creative thought, they reward individuals who stick to the status quo and do not seek to look for innovative ways to conduct their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be afraid of thinking outside the box, look to reward and retain people that are efficiently conducting their jobs as well as those going above and beyond their job description.

  8. "census"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You are able to make your own schedule which is very flexible a long as you put in the minimum hours per week.

    Cons

    limited to the amount of hours worked within a week

    Advice to Management

    Let those people who want to get the work done go and do it


  9. "good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Pension, work life balance, good colleagues, meaningful work. I enjoy my job and have been happy here in the time I have been here

    Cons

    The environment can be bureaucratic, there can be stressful situations, it can be slow to move files forward in some areas

    Advice to Management

    You are generally doing a good job, make sure that the staff that you have feel empowered to do their jobs, have the right authority for decision making


  10. "Various training opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Government of Canada full-time

    Pros

    Various training opportunities
    Job opportunities across different departments

    Cons

    Few promotion opportunities in many groups


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